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Pedro Marcos Nunes Barbosa

The essay presents the current state of public policies regarding the protection of intellectual property in Brazil. It does so in straightforward terms as a matter of drawing attention to, first, the political disinterest of which the Brazilian PTO suffers and the development of treacherous escape routes from the PTO’s backlog; second, the erosion of the qualitative thresholds to obtaining protection; and, third, the trend to allow protection by overlapping rights. This picture of a political and legal disorder is set in the overall framework of the general theories prevailing in Brazil as regards the legitimacy of protecting intellectual property one the one hand, and, on the other, the principle of the Brazilian Constitution that intellectual property must serve a social function.